Desperate about her experiences in Paris, the yet untouched Colette
from Orléans wants to jump into the Seine. So far every employer
wanted to jump into bed with the attractive girl. But just in time Servien,
the old dock worker, who knows a lot about potential suicides, helps her
to gain new courage to face life.
By chance they find a stolen wallet with a lottery ticket, which belongs to the young bank employee Touchard. The following day Colette takes the lost property to its owner. She falls in love with him immediately. In high spirits she has the idea to offer herself as a virgin for a raffle organized by the bank house. Over night the young Colette becomes the most desired woman of Paris.
This is a slightly frivolous musical comedy with the charm of the twenties. In his Benatzky monograph 'Es muß was wunderbares sein' Fritz Henneberg writes: 'Benatzky suffers with Colette and he put some of his most beautiful musical inspirations into her mouth.'
4 W, 8 M, Choral, Deko
German Premiere: September 25, 1998, Staatstheater Kassel
After years sister and brother, Nevena and Dimo, return from the city
to the farm of their childhood, which their brother Michail took over after
their parents' death. Wounds that seemed to have healed over the years
are being torn open again. The sisters and brothers go through a painful
quest for 'belonging'.
Yana Dobreva tells about people that still live with tradition but at the same time await a new and modern life. Their rootedness in traditional values makes this longing almost unachievable.
The play was awarded the 5. award of the 1. European Drama Award.
4 F, 3 M, 1 Deco
THE FLOWER MADE OF STONE
adapted for the stage by Laura Blaschay
Danilko is no good for tending cows: they run away while he is dreaming. Furiously the administrator gives the skinny dreamer to Master Prokopjew's apprenticeship, the Malachit cutter. Danilko is fast in understanding. Soon his skills outdo his Masters' craftsmanship, but he is never satisfied with his work. As if he magically drawn towards the Mastress of the Snake Mountain, he wants to learn the genuine art: to model stone exactly like living flowers and animals. Meanwhile Katja, Danilko's fiancée desperately awaits his return. The villagers make the life of the single woman hell. Determined to find her fiancée Katja decides to go to the forest to search Danilko.
Laura Blaschay's adaptation is convincing not only because of her sensitive way of guiding her figures. With surprising ease, almost cheerfully, she investigates the question how realistically can nature be copied by humans. She succeeds brilliantly in developing poetic scenes that are affecting and make one feel with the figures from the original fairy tale. This play suits the whole family, not only at Christmas time.
6 F, 7 M, 1 deco
First Night, 15. November 1996, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg
Directed by Goetz Loepelmann
KEEPER OF THE FLIES
by Radoslav Figura
The tending and feeding of the flies outside of town seems to be the
old hermit's only occupation. His peaceful world is disturbed by the young
Abel, violence and cruelty move in.
In his thrilling play Figura tells about generations, that have become incapable to communicate with each other. Their life experiences, fears and needs differ too much from each other. Even language cannot bridge the gap between them.
This play was nominated as Polish contribution for the 1. European Drama Award.
3 M, 1 Deco
First Night: 1. October 1994, Staatstheater Kassel (TiF)
Nobody knows why Bror shot his father. The boy is taken to the psychiatry. But even there they can't make sense of his confused stammering. Sista, Bror's sister, who often protected him from their father's attacks, returns home from the United States. In her recollections of the dominant father she remembers with horror how he abused her sexually many times. She needs to talk to her brother in order to understand what had happened. Her weak and enduring mother can be of no help.
With BIRDS IN DEATH THROES Elías Snæland Jónsson wrote a thrilling play about violence and abuse in the family, that deserves special attention in these days.
3 W, 4 M, 1 Deco
First Night: April 17, 1999, Junges Theater Dresden, Germany
Irina's father made career as a high-ranking officer. At the present
he still accommodates Irina and her husband Slawa in his apartment. The
couple has drifted apart, new partners have come to live with them in their
home. Only the orden of the already feeble-minded father reflect the comfortable
family life of bygone times. Without resistance, almost indifferently,
they live into a "new" Russia. Only the father's nurse consciously decides
to make changes.
"Every new life is a continuation of the old one", is Yelena Popowa's heading for her play, telling about the inability of the "political aristocracy", to cope with the new circumstances.
The play was awarded one of the two first awards of the 1. European Drama Award.
4 F, 3 M, 1 Deco
First Night: 7. September 1995, Pushkin Theatre, Moscow
Invited to the 'BONNER BIENNALE 98', Germany
Margoscha, a wealthy and married woman from Petersburg, wants to spend
a pleasant weekend with her lover in Moscow. But in Russian hotels it is
tradition to offer seperate dormitories for women and men. Only married
couples may share a room. Determined to spend the night together, the lovers
decide to pay his roommate David to share a room with Margoscha's roommate,
the ingeneer Lilya. David, a young Jewish Philologist on his way to Chicago,
where he wants to come into an inheritance, immediately falls in love with
Lilya. Lilya, however, rejects his overtures. Margoscha and Wowotschka
must realise that their amorous adventure for the night is in danger again.
With humor and wit Elena Popowa writes about the pleasures and sufferings of people who have to fight unfavourable circumstances in their everyday life.
2 W, 2 H, 1 Deco
First Night: May 2, 1997, Dresdner Brettl
by Sam Snape
In order to increase his yearly turnover George plans to expand his petrol station with a car-wash. His bank remains sceptical. But George is determined to realise his plan. At the same time his wife realises that her husband appears more than forgetful. As his absent-mindedness increases she sees with him several doctors, who finally diagnose Alzheimer disease on George. His wife starts to fight against the disease on which has been done only little research until now.
Sam Snape shows how complicated it is when a helpless person suffering from Alzheimer is looked after by his family at home. He describes the struggle against decay, resignation, fury and time.
The play was awarded the 3. award of the 1. European Drama Award.
6 F, 9 M, 1 deco, double casting possible
First Night: 27 October 1994, National Theater Weimar